Crossing Staff

Mallory Moore: Executive Director 

I am so excited to be a part of The Crossing! I will begin as Executive Director in November of 2017 and am thrilled about what The Crossing stands for and all the passion I see in the staff and students. I’m also excited to officially become a Wisconsin resident! You all can expect all the questions about Wisconsin, Madison, and UW-Madison culture—I can’t wait! I grew up in a suburb of Chicago then moved to central Illinois for college at Illinois State University. It was at my campus ministry, ISU Wesley in undergrad that I realized God’s call for me to be in ministry. After a few years of work in youth ministry, I moved to Evanston, Illinois for seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where I received my Masters of Divinity in 2015. Life seemed to go full circle when my campus minister at ISU Wesley hired me as the Campus Minister/Associate Director. As I prepare for this transition, I am eager to step into a role where I have the privilege of navigating life with the UW community through this amazing ministry at The Crossing.

I am passionate about campus ministry and creating space for college-aged people to be authentically who they are. I believe that we need each other to ask questions, talk about the hard topics, learn how to love the way God calls us to love, and of course laugh and have so much fun along the way.

I can’t wait to meet you! Please come say hi, and teach me something about Madison. Even better, let’s go for coffee or lunch at your favorite local spot!

Karla Schmidt: Campus Minister

As we begin the 2017-18 school year, we are excited to welcome back returning students as well as new students who will find in the Crossing a space of welcome and belonging.  I have been with The Crossing since 2001 and feel so blessed by the many students who have enriched us with their presence.  I grew up in the Midwest (a small town in southern Illinois) attending Illinois State University majoring in History (Middle East focus) and Anthropology.  After graduation from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, I did an internship with PrairieFire Rural Action in Des Moines, IA and then served churches in Peoria Heights, Il; Madison, WI; and Whitewater, WI.  Since 2001 it has been my joy to serve as Campus Minister at the Crossing.

Here at the Crossing we seek to offer a ‘space for grace’ where your own faith journey can be nurtured (even as you encounter questions, doubts, and challenging life situations).

It has been exciting to work with the various traditions which support The Crossing.  I find myself embracing each tradition and their convictions of:

  • “God is still speaking”  (United Church of Christ, the tradition in which I am ordained)
  • “Open minds, Open hearts, Open doors”  (United Methodist welcome of everyone)
  • “Soul Freedom” (American Baptist belief that we each have our own faith experience and understanding beyond dogma)

I also embrace the Quaker understanding of the ‘inner light’ and the value of contemplative practices to open our hearts and minds more deeply to the Christ within.  As I grow in my own spiritual journey, I more and more embrace FR Richard Rohr’s understanding of God when he writes:   “God’s life of love is being lived within you, and you must simply learn how to say yes to that life. If you exist on a level where you can see how ‘everything belongs,’ you can trust the flow and trust the life.”

What a gift it is to offer a space where you as students can explore your spiritual lives and beliefs and commitment to service during your university career.  Come visit and find your place among us!  Consider the Crossing a home away from home – a community where you are known and loved.  If you have questions or would just like to get together to visit, please contact me at karla@crossingministries.org.

Immer Valle: Crossing Administrator & Building Manager

I am Immer, the Building Manager and Administrator. I have lived in Madison for almost five years now and I love it! I love seeing the seasons change and the beautiful lakes. We moved from Phoenix, Arizona, where I grew up. I started my administrative career in 2012 working for a great law firm and I enjoy working in an office set making sure things are running smoothly. I love playing the piano and leading worship every Sunday at my local church. I am the mom of 4 beautiful children that make my life more beautiful each day. I am very excited to be a part of The Crossing and I look forward to meeting you soon!  You can contact me at office@crossingministries.org

 

 

Karli Wagner: Quest Coordinator

After growing up in Green Bay, WI, I graduated from UW-Madison (2013) with a B.A. in Spanish and Environmental Studies. During my undergrad years, I traveled to Ecuador and Haiti, and I studied abroad for a semester in Lima, Peru my senior year. After graduation, I completed a graduate certificate in Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership from Edgewood College (2014) while co-managing a community-focused, local food and fair trade café on State Street.

In August 2014, I moved to Lima, Peru, and worked with a community development non-profit for over two years. Although based in Lima, I coordinated and led service-learning trips to Cusco, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. This past year I moved back to Wisconsin. I’m a graduate student at Edgewood College, seeking my Elementary Education license and Bilingual Education/ESL certifications. Profoundly impacted by the places I visited and the people I met, I’m excited to continue to facilitate meaningful cross-cultural experiences and to explore the intersection of social justice, spirituality, and community through Quest service-learning trips.

Kelly Casey:  Program and Ministry Intern

I have been a part of the Crossing for the past couple of years and am so thankful for the home that I have encountered here. As a part of my internship, I am passionate about helping other students achieve the same community and spiritual growth that I have found with the Crossing. Focusing on strengthening the Crossing community, I want to provide monthly service projects, weekly Bible studies, and several other events such as game nights and retreats. When I’m not at the internship, I enjoy singing, hiking, playing sports, and baking. I am looking forward to having this exciting opportunity as a part of my senior year at UW Madison!

Maria Konecke: Worship Music Leader

I am excited to be joining The Crossing team as the Worship Music Leader! I am a senior at UW-Madison, working toward a degree in Piano Performance and Economics. When I am not locked in a practice room, I love to get out outside, read, and go to concerts and performances.  I look forward to getting to know The Crossing community better and sharing joyful music with everyone!  Please contact me at mkonecke@wisc.edu.

 

 

 

Robert SchuettpelzRobert Schuettpelz: CPA, Crossing Financial Consultant  

I am excited to take the experience I have gained over the years working with other not-for-profits and apply it to the Crossing.  I have 18 years of experience in public accounting working with a wide range of not-for-profit organizations.  I am the proud father of two nine year old children adopted from Russia eight years ago.  I am also the Executive Director for a Madison based NGO working in Ukraine called Friends of Chernobyl Centers U.S. (FOCCUS).

 

Barb Weisensel: Weis Bookkeeping, LLC

The Crossing is grateful to our Bookkeeper, Barb Weisensel, who has been with us for several years!

A Day in the life of a Bookkeeper – from The Princeton Review“Bookkeepers track all cash flows, billing, and lines of credit that affect their companies. They must be detail-oriented and tenacious; they have to track down and rectify any discrepancies, however small, in the company accounts. Most bookkeepers work as internal accountants for small firms that do not have an accountant on staff. They have a large amount of responsibility to the company, and sometimes (particularly at the end of the year and around tax-preparation time) have to work long hours in order to do their job properly…”

 

Crossing Board of Directors

We are thankful for the thoughtful guidance and oversight that we receive from our talented Board of Directors. Each of our Board members brings something special to our ministry, and we treasure their ongoing investment of time, wisdom, and support.

Barbara Dick, President

A member of Wellspring United Methodist Church, I serve on the Spiritual Formation Resource Team for the Wisconsin Annual Conference. I work as a freelance editor for Abingdon Press, Westminster John Knox, and other religious publishers on a wide variety of leadership, worship, and preaching resources, including The Wesley Study Bible. I am coauthor of Equipped for Every Good Work (with my wonderful husband Dan). I believe in the strength of relational leadership for the church shared between caring, informed clergy and laity who understand the responsibility of the freedom we have chosen in following Christ. I am the proud mom of Greg, a true inspiration and a firefighter in Asheville, NC, and of stepson Joshua, a fine young man and a student of mathematics in NYC. I am thrilled to serve on The Crossing board. This ministry is a witness of light and hope for all people of faith.

Dan R. Dick, Vice President

Dan R. Dick currently serves as Assistant to the Bishop with the Wisconsin Annual Conference. He served as the Director of Connectional Ministries (2009–2015). Dan worked for the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, TN for 15 years: providing resources in stewardship, leadership development, spiritual formation, congregational and conference planning, spiritual direction, spiritual gifts discovery, and conflict transformation. He continues to author the blog, United Methodeviations (doroteos2@wordpress.com), and has been a speaker and teacher around the world. Author of fourteen books and hundreds of articles, Dan is also an avid reader and loves to play with new ideas. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Sun Prairie.

 

Melissa Chan, Treasurer  

The Crossing Ministries has opened doors that continue to enrich the quality of my life and shape the decisions I make.  Since being on the first S.A.L.T. team in 2006, I discovered a love for Central American culture after traveling to Honduras, formed a connection with people living in oppression after joining the Israel/Palestine Quest trip, and developed strong ties to community living after being a part of the Wayland community. Today I work with Supporting Families Together Association in serving children throughout Wisconsin, volunteer teaching English with the Literacy Network, and tutor Microsoft Excel with the Central Public Library.  While supporting The Crossing, I also participate in services held by the Kadampa Buddhist Center. It is my pleasure to serve The Crossing Board of Directors, help foster these positive experiences for other students and alumni, and give back to the Pastors who have done so much.

Kristen Seashore, Secretary

I began attending The Crossing as a student during my junior year of college in 2007. I fell in love with Vespers services and kept coming back. The pastors, staff, musicians, and students were welcoming and helped guide me as I followed my own faith journey. In 2010 I was able to go on the first Quest Kenya trip, which was a life-changing experience. Since then, I have been a big proponent of The Crossing’s Quest trips and their impact on the students. I have since graduated and now work as an engineer at GE Healthcare in Madison, but I continue to stay tied to The Crossing. My husband and I were lucky enough to have Rev. Karla Schmidt perform our wedding ceremony in 2013, which made it even more meaningful to both of us. I am excited to join The Crossing’s Board of Directors and start a new journey with this wonderful ministry!

Gil Emmert

I retired from the UW faculty (Dept. of Engineering Physics) in 2001. I am still involved in research part-time at the UW as a way to keep my brain cells functioning. I attend First Baptist Church, where I help with the sound system, building issues, and the church web page. I am committed to ecumenical campus ministry, having served on the boards of directors for Madison Campus Ministry, United Ministries in Higher Education – Wisconsin, Francis Wayland Foundation, and now The Crossing. I have been an admirer of The Crossing’s vital and creative ministry since its creation; it has been a great pleasure to me to watch the ministry develop.

 

Bill Fiore

I came to Madison in 1993 after taking an early exit from my corporate job. I have been blessed to work with students ever since arriving. I have always loved the youth and young adults, and the opportunity to serve them once again inspires me. I am in my 19th year as a daily volunteer at O’Keefe Middle School, working in a 6th grade math class. I began serving in Campus ministry in 1994 and have served continuously since then, taking off only a year in 2016. Returning this year excites me because working with the incredible staff and board of The Crossing is simply a pleasure.

 

Paul Harris

After retiring from my career as an attorney, I am pleased to serve on the Board of Directors for the Crossing because I want to support this welcoming and inclusive ministry for students. It is vital for students to have this safe place at The Crossing, with wonderful, caring staff and students sharing spiritual exploration. The Crossing’s service opportunities on the UW campus, in the Madison community, and around the world (through the Quest program) provide joyful and inspiring ways for students to serve others. Through The Crossing students can explore new horizons and grow in faith! Enjoy your faith journey at The Crossing!

 

Don Hausch 

I’m thrilled and honored to be a member of the Board of The Crossing and help support the work of our extraordinary staff in its ministry to students. I’ve been on the faculty of UW–Madison since 1984. I also serve as associate dean of the Wisconsin Evening and Executive MBA Programs and faculty director of the very special Bolz Center for Arts Administration. My wife, Joanne Thomson, and I have two adult children and worship at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Madison.

 

Breanna Illéné

I am the pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, located less than a mile from The Crossing. I believe in the power of campus ministry and credit my own undergrad experiences with helping shape who I am today. I have a strong interest in social justice, multicultural ministry, and thinking about where the church is headed in the future—all things that happen at the Crossing. When I’m not working, you can find me hanging out with my husband, Andy, traveling, or having friends over to eat interesting foods.

 

 

Jason Mack

The Rev. Jason Mack is an ordained pastor in The American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin and the associate pastor at First Baptist in Madison where he leads an alternative worship service: “Common Table” (www.commontablemadison.org). Pastor Jason has a degree in Theatre from the University of Washington and an M.Div from Wesley Seminary. Jason is married to Tara Drozdenko, and together they have one son, Ethan, in elementary school. Jason is passionate about the church, reaching out to all people with the good news of God’s universal love, and helping to foster beloved community where people’s lives can be changed.

 

Mel Vance

My wife, Linda, and I are retired United Methodist Ministers. Much of our professional life was in spent in urban ministry. We are members of First United Methodist Church in Madison. I have a doctorate in religious studies and have taught full time at Carroll University, Waukesha, where I continue in part-time teaching along with teaching at the Madison center of Lakeland College. We have two daughters, Carrie, a lawyer working for the Social Security Administration, and Amy, is a social worker with Care Oregon. As soon as I found out about the variety of programs provided by The Crossing and the approach the staff brings to its ministries I wanted to help as a member of this board.

Peggy Williams

The Rev. Dr. Peggy M. Williams is a native of Greenville, AL, the second oldest of five children born to the late Deacon Claude Williams and Thelma Cook Williams. She earned her MDiv and a DMin in Christian Community Development from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, IL; and her BA in Business Administration and MA in Science in Management from Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL. Peggy was ordained February 28, 2010 by the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Madison, WI through American Baptist Churches, USA. As an Associate Minister, she has served in many capacities, currently serving as Associate Minister Leader as well as facilitator and coordinator of Singles Ministry. Peggy is also active in the region through American Baptist Churches—Wisconsin, currently as a Board Member at large of the Ministers Council. Peggy Williams is a sold out woman for Christ who dwells in the secret place of the Most High and abides under the shadow of the almighty. For the Lord is her is refuge and her fortress, the God in whom she trusts (Ps 91:1-2)! Serving on the board is meaningful to me because I remember and understand, as a young college student, the need for a place to process and ponder the conundrums of life and not be judged. The Crossing gives me an opportunity to help create that safe space for this generation.